Apr 8, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Aaron Harang (34) pitches in the second inning against the New York Mets at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

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Baseball Reference

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Jason Heyward RF 5 0 0 0 0 1 .107 .433
B.J. Upton CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 .138 .310
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .391 1.256
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .296 .829
Justin Upton LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 .231 .541
Dan Uggla 2B 4 0 1 0 0 2 .222 .511
Evan Gattis C 4 0 1 0 0 0 .188 .563
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 .292 .630
Aaron Harang P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
   Gus Schlosser P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ryan Doumit PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .444
   Ian Thomas P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Pedro Beato P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Gerald Laird PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .500
Team Totals 37 0 8 0 0 6 .216 .459
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Generated 4/9/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Aaron Harang, L (1-1) 6 2 1 1 4 9 0 0.71
Gus Schlosser 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 0 7.36
Luis Avilan 0.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Anthony Varvaro 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Ian Thomas 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 5.40
Pedro Beato 1.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Team Totals 9 9 4 4 4 9 0 4.00
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Generated 4/9/2014.

 

AL

Hip surgery won’t keep Hank Aaron away from Atlanta Braves’ 715 celebration

Apr 8, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron speaks during a ceremony honoring the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run before the game against the New York Mets at Turner Field. Fans stand in the outfield holding up a sign for each of his 715 home runs. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Despite breaking his hip earlier this year, Hank Aaron plans to be at Turner Field on Monday night when the Atlanta Braves commemorate the 40th anniversary of his 715th career home run. Aaron broke Babe Ruth‘s record for career home runs in a Braves uniform on April 8, 1974.

The Mobile native is recovering from partial left hip-replacement surgery after he was injured in a fall on ice in February. He’s still undergoing rehab, but is walking.

“I think I am doing just about as well as I can be,” Aaron said. “I tell everybody it’s an 80-year-old leg and it’s just going to take time before it gets well. I told my wife I promised I was not out there doing an ice dance or anything like that.”

 

NJ

Mets top Atlanta Braves 4-0 behind Bartolo Colon‘s strong start

The approach for Jose Valverde is simple: It’s not about the process, but the result. Ninth innings like Tuesday night only reinforce it.

That it took six batters and 25 pitches and one white-knuckle fly out to the warning track in center field to get through a scoreless inning was almost irrelevant.

The Mets had won, after all, a 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves, and Valverde had finished it off.

To focus on the in-between, on what happened from the time he took the mound to the time Jason Heyward’s well-hit ball landed in Juan Lagares’ glove a few feet in front of the wall was not to be discussed.

Instead, Valverde, the Mets new closer, focused only on the festive end.

“It’s out,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how. The only point is my team win. That’s it. Not so much if it’s 20 hits. If my team win, I’m happy.”

 

The Denver Post

AEG won’t work with Liberty Media on new Atlanta Braves development

Mars and Earth aligned Tuesday night. But a conjunction of two of Colorado’s wealthiest citizens to revamp Atlanta’s sports-sphere appears to have fallen apart.

A bidding team that included Anschutz Entertainment Group, a key holding of Colorado mogul Philip Anschutz, has dropped out of the running to develop a $400 million mixed-use retail and entertainment complex surrounding the new Atlanta Braves stadium.

Liberty Media Corp., a Douglas County holding company founded by John Malone, owns The Atlanta National League Baseball Club, parent of the Braves and its minor league affiliates.

In November, the baseball team said it would relocate to a new ballpark complex in Cobb County when its lease with Atlanta for Turner Field expires at the end of the 2016 season.

The new venue carries an estimated price tag of $672 million, with an additional $400 million slated for a nearby retail and entertainment complex.

North American Properties, an Atlanta real estate operating company, put together a team that included Hines Interests and AEG, which owns and operates the Staples Center in its hometown of Los Angeles and The O2 in London.

Executives of the companies aren’t commenting on why they abandoned their pursuit of the high-profile project. Atlanta developers Fuqua Development and Pope & Land Enterprises remain in the running.

Liberty Media acquired the Braves from Time Warner in 2007 as part of a larger asset for stock swap. The new stadium offers a second chance of sorts for the company, which in March 2000 acquired the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Pepsi Center — only to turn around and sell them a month later to Stan Kroenke.

AEG, by contrast, has gradually accumulated an ownership interest in, or operating rights to, multiple venues, entertainment districts, event companies and sports franchises in soccer, hockey and basketball.

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